eLetters

81 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • Current and prior injury prevention leadership
    Les Fisher

    Dear Editor,

    Kudos to M D Schmidt, S I Sulsky, and P J Amoroso.[1]

    The authors described how military hospitals' researchers not only collected medical records, but then acted to prevent or reduce a trend of serious hospitalized injury continually treated. They compiled and organized injury data on parachuting, studied the nature and extent of injury types and assessed injury prevention and control enginee...

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  • Soccer injuries and headgear
    Calvin W. Williams

    Dear Editor,

    Anyone who is in doubt about the need for protective headgear should request a computer print-out of hospital admitted (or treated) cases from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety division. With less than 10% of soccer head injuries being reported, the long, detailed list of injuries would shock even those who are against soccer headgear. These figures leave very little room for any one to deny the need...

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  • I thought we were on the same team?
    Vanessa C Wigand

    Dear Editor,

    Why is IIHS such a staunch critic of driver education programs? To suggest driver education is a way to "crash proof" novice drivers is just silly. Driver education provides students with tangible skills that set the foundation for the acquisition of mature driving skills and judgement. Driver education at its best is a team effort involving schools, communities, students, and families.

    W...

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  • A rebuttal to sceptics of teen driver education
    David C Huff

    Dear Editor,

    Why do some research professionals continue to hold positions that result in avoiding a serious overhaul of, and investment into, educating new drivers? Education-testing young drivers warrants as much attention and investment as crash-testing new vehicles! Exploring how to teach and motivate teen drivers will result in knowledge that is likely more valuable to society and traffic safety than expl...

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  • Evaluation of firearm regulations
    David Hemenway

    Dear Editor,

    In a short article, Rosengart et al. (“An evaluation of state firearm regulations and homicide and suicide death rates”) attempt to evaluate the effect of 5 different state regulations on four different outcomes (firearm suicide, suicide and firearm homicide, homicide). There is much that is good about this article, but a problem, perhaps due to space constraints, is that the authors do not discuss s...

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  • Evidence Based?
    Robert P Green

    Dear Editor,

    survivethedrive.org “Your Best Behind the Wheel”

    An open letter to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

    Please, don’t train and evaluate my surgeon, airline pilot or electrician as well as we prepare our nation’s youthful drivers.

    Studies showing little or no “crash reduction” b...

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  • Why not freedom to own rocket launchers?
    Simon Chapman

    Dear Editor

    Despite James Lawson’s best efforts to suggest otherwise [1], ordinary people – and thankfully nearly all politicians on all sides of Australian politics -- understand that 10 mass shootings involving 66 deaths in 10 years, followed by 103 months with no such incidents is a positive development. Opinion polls before and after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre repeatedly showed overwhelming proportions of A...

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  • Prices and affordability of child restraint seats in Japan
    Ediriweera B.R., Desapriya

    Dear Editor

    We read the article by Hendrie et al with interest.[1] Compared to the salaries of their North American and European counterparts, the average Japanese family income is higher. The majority of parents tend to believe that the cost of child restraint seats (CRS) is comparatively higher than other countries. CRS in Japan are much more expensive - around US$ 250-400. Government subsidiary would be nece...

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  • Re: No mass shootings in Australia since gun law reform.
    Dr. James B. Lawson

    Dear Editor

    I note with interest Chapman's contribution to the discussion[1] on the paper by Ozanne-Smith et al. on firearm law reform in Australia.[2] Chapman's claims are not incorrect, as far as they go. However, like Ozanne-Smith et al, it is what Chapman has left out that may confuse readers.

    There have been several mass murders (defined as four or more deaths in one incident) in A...

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  • Response to Simon Chapman
    Peter W. Whelan

    Dear Editor

    I read the response from Chapman with interest.[1] In referring to the number of guns handed in during the 1996/97 buy back, Chapman fails to disclose that those firearms, legally owned by farmers and sporting shooters, had never been a problem in society. I refer to the submission by Australian Institute of Criminology to the publication "Evaluating Gun Policy: Effects on Crime and Violence" published...

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